Yale School of Medicine expands partnership to promote clinical trials and training in Puerto Rico

An expanded partnership between the Yale School of Medicine and research institutions in Puerto Rico is set to foster collaborative clinical research and training opportunities in the United States and the territory.

The agreement, which began May 1, 2017, expands on a partnership first announced on February 3, 2016, between the School of Medicine, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), the PuertoRico Science, Technology, and Research Trust (PRSTRT), and the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation(PRCCI)*. The partnership’s goal is to improve the health of Latino people through clinical research and trials, and to train Latinos in Puerto Rico and the United States to become clinical scientists and health services researchers.


Interpreting Maya myths through art: Q&A with Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos

The “old goddess” is a paradoxical character in Maya mythology. She is the grandmother who raised the infant gods, but in most accounts, she hated them, and finally tried to kill them. Despite her significance, she rarely appears in ancient Maya art.

“We find her portraits here and there, but she is not a favorite,” said Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, assistant professor of anthropology at Yale. “Still, her depictions are consistent with descriptions of old goddesses as patrons of childbirth, midwifery, and the sweat bath — a facility that is still used for pre- and post-partum treatments in Maya communities. Understanding the old goddess is key to understanding Maya mythology.”



Protecting Nature and Indigenous Rights In One of Earth’s Most Diverse Landscapes

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You probably wouldn’t expect for the name Gucci to come up in a conversation about landscape conservation in South America. But during a recent interview, Lilian Painter, Bolivia Program Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Dorothy S. McCluskey Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), mentioned the luxury fashion designer while describing efforts to improve livelihoods for the Tacana, an indigenous group living in northwestern Bolivia.
For nearly two decades, the WCS has partnered with the Tacana to help strengthen their territorial rights and enhance indigenous management capacity. Thanks to their efforts and Gucci’s commitment to product sustainability and traceability, Tacana hunters now earn five times more for their caiman skins, which has helped reduce caiman poaching and illegal trade.

Program Empowering Leaders in Tropics Receives $4.9 Million Grant from Arcadia

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The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI), a Yale-based program that makes the latest tools and research in forest restoration and sustainable management accessible to the people who manage tropical landscapes, has received a $4.9 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, to continue its work.

Through field-based training, leadership support, innovative online instruction, and open access information, ELTI since 2006 has reached more than 5,000 individuals — including landholders and farmers, practitioners and policymakers — across tropical Latin America and Southeast Asia.

ELTI provides targeted and open access resources that have helped individuals and groups develop local capacity to conserve and restore forest and tree cover that, in turn, supports biodiversity and livelihoods in regions that have endured deforestation and land degradation.


What’s the Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations?

Beneath the heated rhetoric between the United States and Mexico is a complex web of ties that is critical to both countries. Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld recently assembled a group of business and political leaders from both sides of the border to discuss the future of the relationship. He talked to Yale Insights about what he learned from the conversation.


Yale alumna addresses barriers Latino communities face in the environmental field

By combining two of her majors, Geology & Geophysics and Spanish, a recent Yale graduate is working to address the barriers that underrepresented groups face in the environmental field. Ivette López (TC ’16), the Urban Wildlife Refuge Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, is creating resources and programming that provide greater opportunities for Latino communities at Yale and in New Haven to connect with nature.

The summer after graduating from Yale, López began working for the USFWS New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Through community-based wildlife conservation, the partnership creates a network of wildlife-friendly habitats, throughout the New Haven Harbor Watershed. The partnership incorporates various local organizations including the Yale Urban Resources Initiative and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. USFWS staff from the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, assist and advise López in her work.


Yale EFFY 2017 Grand Jury Prize to “Death by a Thousand Cuts,”


EFFY 2017 (L to R) Gerald McElroy, YC ’09, Milagros de Camps German, FES ’17, Juan Mejia Botero, and Maria Lopez-Bresnahan, YC ’78

This year’s Environmental Film Festival at Yale EFFY 2017 awarded its Grand Jury Prize to “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” a documentary on the illegal deforestation of Hispaniola to produce charcoal as a cheap source of fuel for Haiti.  With the sponsorship of Dominican Yale alumni (Milagros de Camps German, FES ’17, Gerald McElroy, YC ’09, and Maria Lopez-Bresnahan, YC ’78), directors Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel’s film submission ( http://deathbyathousandcutsfilm.com/ ) powerfully relates the growing tension between the Dominican Republic and Haiti over this illicit mass deforestation and the behind the scenes complexities  perpetuating the situation.